paper at Alon Town
Fun finds, particularly gift items, abound at , 11503 NW Military Highway. The shopping center is a must stop, anchored by H-E-B's upscale Alon Market.
After all your shopping, you have a variety of food options - from the upscale Myron's Prime Steakhouse and a choice of Franco's Italian Restaurant or Naples Pizza to healthy Green Vegetarian Cuisine and a treat at Baskin-Robbins.
You've Got Paper
You can find gifts for nearly any occasion at You've Got Paper Stationery and Gifts, perfect since graduation and wedding season is coming up. The shop started as an invitation and stationery store, so it's got your paper goods covered with off-the-shelf invites and printing in-house to custom design. But it also has a great mix of gifts for all ages.
The store's selection is vast, and the Lily Pulitzer and pens at $20.99 each are perfect gifts. It has great serving dishes by ; they have attachments that can be purchased separately to decorate for holidays and parties. There's also a variety of dips and mixes by Gourmet du Village and Wind Willow Inc. You'll find candles, wine corks, funny cards and napkins, a few baby gifts and cute jewelry you'll love. $hopGirl loves the Consuela bags, Spartina 449 bamboo scarves, stylish ila personal alarm, adorable metal book charms, kids camp pillowcase and Texas-based Pamela B Designs ribbon necklaces.
Woof Gang Bakery
Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming has only been open a couple of months, but it's already got all the trimmings of a fave locally owned pet store - for example, it holds pet birthday parties, yappy hours and adoptions.
This welcoming shop has a wide variety of premium quality dog and cat foods (many of which are holistic and grain-free) as well as fresh baked treats made with human-grade natural ingredients; wheat-free and low-fat options are offered, too. And what lovely treats they are - many had icing and were baked in cute shapes. $hopGirl found the birthday cake 100 percent adorable.
There are tons of varieties of bagged doggy treats, toys, accessories, clothing and more. Cats are covered in the kitty corner, where you'll find the Cat Kong Zoom Groom, octopus bat and scratch toy and Savvy Tabby toys. It also has chews, shampoos, Greenies, pet cards and Red Dingo engraved ID tags. In addition, it offers a full pet spa and grooming by appointment. Check out its Facebook newsletter for more information.
Toy Zone carries all you need to bust summer boredom and keep kids entertained on long trips this summer.
Trying to get your kids into the great outdoors? They will enjoy the Gertie ball, which is labeled the world's most catchable ball ($9.99), kites, gardening tools, a compass and the super fun CyberFire Football set, which glows both day and night ($24.99).
Creative kids will love the Klutz kits, Chicken Socks kits and Alex art supplies. Imaginations can run wild with the science kits, puzzles, Legos, Groovy Girls and the city's largest selection of Playmobil. There are pool and water toys such as Geyser Guys water toys ($5.99) and magnetic dive gloves, as well as jumbo magnifiers, which can be used to help kiddos find critters for the habitats Toy Zone carries for live butterflies, frogs and ladybugs.
The store has expanded its baby line and has more great baby products than ever. And, nearly all ages are covered with its Kettler bikes, PlasmaCar, Flying Turtle, Spooner, Geospace Air Pogo Jumper and wagons.
Lizzy's Gifts has moved from its large location to a smaller store inside H-E-B. It still carries its wide selection of Willow Tree, Jim Shore and Miche bags (one bag with changeable covers). It has tons of great gift items for baptisms, First Communions, weddings and birthdays as well as Disney princess figurines and the Growing Up Birthday Girls figurines. You'll find fun salt-and-pepper shakers, wine glasses and stoppers, funny mugs, jewelry and Aye Chihuahua and Hot Diggity Dog figurines. But it also has so much stuff from its previous location that many things are on sale at 50 percent off and more. $hopGirl is talking beautiful wedding dresses that now sell for $300 to $400 - they may only be available in the sizes they have on hand, but what a bargain for a bride! - as well as sale items from past holidays and tons more.
Salon Boutique is a posh and comfy-looking group of independently owned offices that specializes in personal care - just the spot to check out when you're exhausted from all your shopping. $hopGirl walked around and grabbed cards for most of the businesses, which include hairstylists, chemical/color/hair extension specialists, nail techs, massage therapists, laser and skin spas, and even a weight loss system. Some of the benefits of this boutique are that most specialists looked like they were able to provide privacy and personalized attention, thus upping the relaxation factor. Love it! The prices on the brochures $hopGirl picked up varied so, like all shopping, you can choose what's right for you.